Explorations in Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Applications

Paperback | January 15, 1994

byJeanne Kohl, Jane Reisman

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Explorations in Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Applications offers real-life research examples and exercises. The book aids instruction by offering students more opportunities for hands-on practice in conducting and applying social science research than they are likely to findwith only a standard research methods text at their disposal. The text offers three types of field-tested exercises: Research Briefs, Tools and Data, and Applications (mini-projects). They can be used as graded assignments, as in-class exercises, and/or as discussion material. * The Research Briefs are concise summaries of studies that illustrate various research topics and approaches. They present challenges typically encountered and show how researchers have overcome these challenges. Each Research Brief is followed by assessment questions designed to encouragestudents' critical thinking. * The Tools and Data sections focus on the "nuts and bolts" of research. They illustrate the use of various research tools, such as data collection instruments, questionnaire items, and requests for proposals. Assessment questions follow. * The Applications are mini-projects that allow students to carry out and then evaluate research activities. The project-oriented approach of these applications supplies a dynamic learning tool. Instructors will find it easy to adapt Explorations in Social Research to their needs because the chapters are self-contained units. They can be assigned in any order, according to the design and emphasis of a particular course. In addition to quantitative and "basic" research studies, this text includes many examples of both qualitative and applied research. This approach allows instructors to provide a broad introduction to the social research field or to be selective in emphasis. Furthermore, the text integrates gender,race, social class, and ethnicity as it explores research topics, variables, and populations. Three sub-themes are integrated throughout the book: * how bias can affect the research process; * methodological difficulties and the importance of ethics in working with human subjects; * how notions of common sense can both be a guide to and interfere with the process of scientific investigation. Explorations in Social Research also features original interviews with well-known sociologists and social researchers, including Pauline Bart, James Davis, Howard Becker, Peter Rossi, James Coleman, and Maxine Baca Zinn. The book's conversational writing style helps to break down some of thelearning barriers so common among students taking this course. The perforated pages for exercise questions provide a convenient way for students to submit assignments. Suggested answers to all assessment questions are listed in the accompanying Instructor's Manual.

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Explorations in Social Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Applications offers real-life research examples and exercises. The book aids instruction by offering students more opportunities for hands-on practice in conducting and applying social science research than they are likely to findwith only a standard research methods text at...

Jeanne Kohl is at University of Washington. Jane Reisman is at the Pacific Lutheran University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 7.2 × 9.21 × 0.59 inPublished:January 15, 1994Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195329651

ISBN - 13:9780195329650

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The World of ResearchChapter 2. From Mental Health to Gender Equity: Selecting Research TopicsResearch Brief: Mental Illness and the HomelessTools and Data: Selecting a Topic in Order to Obtain Federal Funding for ResearchApplication: How Specific Can You Get?Chapter 3. Which Approach to Use: Choices and ConstraintsResearch Brief: Do Women on Welfare Keep Having Babies in Order to Continue Collecting Welfare?Tools and Data: Communication: The Key to a Good RelationshipApplication: Program Evaluation DesignChapter 4. "What Are You Thinking About?" Conceptualization and MeasurementResearch Brief: The Three Faces of RacismTools and Data: Conceptualizing and Measuring IntimacyApplications: 1. Conceptualization 2. MeasurementChapter 5. "How Are You Feeling Today?" Operationalization and InstrumentationResearch Brief: Death and Dying in the Medical EnvironmentTools and Data: The First DraftApplication: Guttman ScaleChapter 6. How Do We Deal With the Inevitable Error? Validity and ReliabilityResearch Brief: A Researcher's NightmareTools and Data: Does Getting to Know Your Sample Help?Application: Testing for Validity and Reliability in a Crisis SituationChapter 7. How Many? The Science and Art of SamplingResearch Brief: Getting Beyond the White and Middle-Class ExperienceTools and Data: "Hello, This Is City Hall Calling"Application: SamplingChapter 8. "This Will Just Take A Few Minutes of Your Time": SurveysResearch Brief: A New Look at the Effects of Divorce on ChildrenTools and Data: Survey PreparationApplications: 1. Survey Administration--Method Effectiveness2. Survey Administration--Interviewer BiasChapter 9. Where the Action Is: Field ResearchResearch Brief: Being "Inside and Outside" as a Participant ObserverTools and Data: First Day On the JobApplication: Field ResearchChapter 10. "Wanted: Subjects for Experimental Study": Experiments and Quasi-ExperimentsResearch Brief: "L.A. Law"--Stay Tuned for the Next EpisodeTools and Data: Assigning Blame for RapeApplication: Experimental and Comparison GroupsChapter 11. Thumbs Up or Down? Evaluation and Applied ResearchResearch Brief: "And One More Thing. . ."Tools and Data: Can the Racial Attitudes of Elementary School Students be Changed?Application: Measuring Program EffectivenessChapter 12. No-Contact Research: Unobtrusive MethodsResearch Brief: Where Are Women and Minorities in the Computer Revolution?Tools and Data: Using Historical Records to Expose the Myth of the Absent FamilyApplication: Content Analysis ProjectChapter 13. The Lab Work of the Social Researcher: Data PreparationResearch Brief: Coding Challenges of Unstructured InterviewsTools and Data: "Dirty Data"Application: Codebook ConstructionChapter 14. In Pursuit of Patterns: Data AnalysisResearch Brief: Do "Only Children" Have an Advantage?Tools and Data: Stealing on the JobApplication: What Are the Trends?Chapter 15. "As I Was Saying. . .": Communication of FindingsResearch Brief: Contrasting Two ApproachesTools and Data: "We Do Not, at This Time, Offer Any Solutions. . ."Application: Scholarly Journals versus MagazinesChapter 16. Spotlight on Social ResearchersOriginal Interviews:Pauline Bart: Howard S. Becker: James Coleman: James Davis: Oswald Hall: Morris Rosenberg: Peter Rossi: Maxine Baca Zinn: GlossaryReferences